Review by Veeno Dewan
The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt is based on one of the most iconic cars ever portrayed in popular culture. First up is the trademark customary Dark Highland Green metallic paint – this mix is simply beautiful with a rich sparkling hue in daylight, that turns to a menacing dark tone at night. There are other subtle differences- a plain black grille with the Ford pony and a chrome surround, more chrome trim around the side windows, and dark-finished 19-inch wheels that look like the iconic five spoke Torq Thrusts as on the 1968 version. Four black finished exhaust tips exit the rear. The ambience is also spread to the inside with a dark ebony interior and a cool cue ball shifter for the six speed manual transmission.
The Bullitt has special engine upgrades. The 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 offers 480-500 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque thanks to a larger 87-millimeter throttle bodies, a recalibrated engine management computer, and a performance intake manifold borrowed from the Shelby GT350. There is also a larger radiator to handle extra cooling duties. Also added are: Brembo six-piston front brake calipers shrouding 15.0-inch brake rotors, a Torsen limited-slip differential with shorter 3.73:1 gears, along with a stiffer rear anti-roll bar. A six-speed manual is the only transmission offered.
Our tester was priced at $57,525 and ended up at a stickered $61,650 On the road, the Bullitt delivers more smiles per mile than most cars, soaking up the myriad looks, glances and approving thumbs up of other motorists, Gunning the throttle is intoxicating, with the Bullitt’ s multi-mode exhaust system offering a deep bellowing V8 rumble. The as standard manual shifter needs a slower action to engage each gear, but combined with a firm clutch, it’s very rewarding, once you get the hang of it. Pure fun! Each upshift snick of the gears delivers a nice whoosh of power. With nearly 500 horsepower on tap, the variable cam timing means the engine does not feel overwhelmed. Be warned, this is a fast car with tremendous acceleration. The 2019 Bullit is my favourite Mustang for now with an excellent blend of style performance and understated desirability. A muscle car that to be enjoyed every day you own it.
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: Priced from $57,525. Price as tested with options and destination delivery – $61,650
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